The two biggest reasons that half of Australians are refusing to get flu shots have been revealed by a national survey.
The Finder.com.au survey took the opinions of 2,003 adults and found that half of them are not planning on getting a flu vaccination in 2018.
Expanding the figures to represent the Australian population that is over nine million people who will not be getting vaccinated.
The biggest reasons those surveyed stated for avoiding the flu jab is believing that it makes you sick or that it doesn’t actually work
The biggest reasons those surveyed stated for avoiding the flu jab is believing that it makes you sick or that it doesn’t actually work.
Generation X are the most suspicious of the vaccine with 18 per cent thinking it doesn’t work while only 10 per cent of younger people subscribe to this view.
Baby Boomers are the most proactive with 72 per cent planning on getting the shot, while 39 per cent of Generation Y will be vaccinated.
Dr Daria Fielder told news.com.au that you may still get the flu if you get the vaccine but the vaccine itself cannot cause the flu.
‘Influenza vaccine is an inactive vaccine and therefore it is unable to give you the flu,’ she said.
‘In an ideal world of course it would be better if everyone receives vaccination. If only some are vaccinated, the virus will continue to spread in the community.’
Laziness may also be a contributing factor with 72 per cent of Australians saying they will simply not get around to getting the flu vaccine.
Already this year more than 12,200 confirmed cases of influenza have been recorded which is almost 20 per cent higher than this time last year.
Most chemists now offer flu vaccines for under $20 and it may even be free for children and those over 65.
Most chemists now offer flu vaccines for under $20 and it may even be free for children and those over 65